This relaxing beer garden, brewery and restaurant all-in-one is situated in the refurbished old Leipzig-Dresden train station. With great indoor and outdoor spaces the Gosebrauerei is perfect any time of year. The main reason I recommend here is the awesome traditional Saxony food; schnitzel, venison goulash, dumplings, local fish, hearty soups etc. In addition the ambience, fresh beer and very attentive service (something not always found in Leipzig) put this place firmly on my recommendation list. They brew in-house the famous Leipziger Gose beer as well as others. You can buy the locally produced Allasch liqueur and Long Horn gin here too. Open long hours most days.
Hours: 11:00-0:00 Mon-Sun
Tram: Take tram 2, 9, or 16 to Bayerischer Bahnhof stop
S-Bahn: Bayerischer Bahnhof
Contact: Tel: +49 341 12457-70
Not a ‘lake view’ in sight but the best breakfasts on the Karli and served until 4pm every day. What’s more to say? Hotel Seeblick is one of those Leipzig eateries that was way cool before Leipzig got all trendy and brimming with Berlin refugees. Check out the funky 70s GDR decor and comfortable inside and outside seating. Try their excellent homemade pancakes, tapanades, smoothies or french fries (are these the best french fries in Leipzig?). Hotel Seeblick is open long hours every day and so is also nice for a late evening drink.
Hours: 09:00-late Mon-Sun
Tram: Take tram 9, 10, or 11 to HTWK stop
Contact: Tel: +49 341 2253952
This organic (‘bio’) vegan restaurant on the Karli has some of the most delicious food in town, vegan or otherwise. Don’t be afraid to try this place even if you prefer meat dishes or are out socializing with carnivores. The menu isn’t huge but the food is so good and seasonally varied everyone should be satisfied. A filling evening entrée is around €14 which is excellent value given the obvious passion, thought and quality. Try the salads too – you won’t find better in Leipzig. Hugely recommended.
Hours: 17:00-late Tue-Sun, plus Sun brunch 10:00-15:00
Tram: Take tram 9, 10, or 11 to HTWK stop
Contact: Tel: 0176 99 07 25 24
At Konneritzstraße 49 (corner of Konneritzstraße and Industriestraße in Schleußig, across from the big Konsum) is my favourite middle-eastern restaurant in Leipzig. A modest order-in or takeaway style restaurant with simple inside seating and outside tables for the warmer days. Expect quick and friendly service, and if it’s not too busy staff will bring food to your table. The food here is wholesome and fresh with all the usual offerings such as falafel, halloumi, baba ghanousch, but with a Syrian twist. The quality of food is well above typical fast food, and more like what you would expect in a fancy restaurant. Vegetarian (and vegan) options abound, but meat eaters will find enough on the menu. For €6.90 the ‘Damaskus’ variation plate is our favourite.
Hours: 11:00-20:00 Mon-Sat, approximately
Tram: Take the 1, 2 to Stieglitzstraße stop
Contact: Tel: 0341 52 90 40 85
Fram Tran Phat
Out in funky Karl-Heine Straße you’ll find the original location of this excellent little chain of Vietnamese restaurants. The other four locations (so far) are by the main tram stop at Lindenauer Markt, on Jahnallee (Lessingstraße) in Zentrum-West, in Schleußig across from the big Konsum supermarket and on the Karli across from KilliWilly’s. Everything we’ve tried is delicious and with quality ingredients. Lots of tofu and veggie options. Prices for a filling dish start at €5.50. The fish dishes are especially tasty and good value – try the tamarind fish with rice and noodle salad (€5.90). Takeaway service as well. Best fast-food Vietnamese in Leipzig.
Hours: not sure, but appears to be open a lot
Tram: Trams 3 or 14 to Felsenkeller stop
Contact: Karl-Heine-Straße 45
This is a national chain with two branches in Leipzig – one on Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1a and another right in the Zentrum at Nikolaistrase 42. Both locations serve up our favourite bagels in Leipzig – if you fancy a bagel with cheese cream and a strong coffee go here. OK granted it’s a chain and there are plenty of places to grab a sandwich or coffee, but Bagel Brothers has a vast selection of proper bagels and fillings or spreads (‘schmears’) and their coffee is a notch above the usual. Salads ain’t bad either. Bagel with cream cheese goes for €1.80.
Hours: they tend to be open when lots around isn’t
Tram: For the Karli branch take trams 10, 11 to Hohe Straße stop
Contact: Zentrum 0341 98 03 330
Burgermeister Der Grill
Beside the Südplatz tram stop in Südvorstadt this place has excellent burgers and some intriguing veggie/vegan specialities. Burgermeister is open 11am to 1am daily and all through the night on the weekends. Service is fast and the food is consistently good. Located on a pedestrian island right beside the tram stop, there is some simple covered seating. A filling burger will set you back about €5 or €6. The ‘belgien pommes’ (chips) are good enough and filling enough to eat on their own. A bottle of local brew Urkrostitzer is only €1.70. Two other Zentrum locations; Höfe am Brühl and Dittrichring.
Hours: From 11am. Open all night weekends
Tram: Take the 10, 11 to Südplatz stop
Contact: 0178 71 47 717
Not a restaurant – though you can taste wine – but rather a very fancy food and drink shop. It’s actually a small chain with stores in Berlin and Dresden as well. If you want to treat yourself to the very best deli meats, anti-pastas, and cheeses this side of Milan, or some fine Riojo or a Single Malt Scotch then head to Gourmetage. Find the Leipzig branch in the Mädler Passage, near Grimmaische Straße in the Zentrum. This has probably the most impressive selection of booze in all of Leipzig, certainly the most eclectic we’ve seen. Good friendly service too. Be warned though, the merchandise is top notch and so are the prices.
Hours: 09:30-22:00. Closed Sundays
Contact: 0341 23 16 240
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